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Bible Questions and Answers, Part 8 (Rev. John Macarthur)

Bible Questions and Answers, Part 8 (Rev. John Macarthur)

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Grace to You
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Unleashing God's Truth One Verse at a Time 
 Bible Questions and Answers, Part 8For tonight, we're gonna answer some Bible questions that were left from the...the last couple oftimes. We tried to cover all of the questions, but were unable to do it; and tonight we'll cover a fewmore of them. Paul reasoned with them out of the Scripture. He dialogued. He answered their questions. Jesusspent a tremendous amount of time answering questions. Reading in the Gospels, you find that dayafter day after day, the disciples asked Jesus questions, and He gave them answers to the questions;and so I feel it's very important to do this; and we always have a great time doing it. Now, thequestions may or may not be related; and I really don't know what's gonna happen when I get uphere; so it's a grab bag for me. I sort things out in my mind as we go; and so I'm not always sure howit'll end up; but we trust the Holy Spirit to tie it all together. The first question that comes is what does the Bible say about divining rods? Now, I don't know if youknow what a divining rod is; but it's a stick that has been used in past history to find water. This is avery ancient custom; and just a couple of weeks ago, somebody asked me if I thought it was all right,because this person's father or uncle had hired somebody with a divining rod. You hold two ends ofit. It's like a... it's a wishbone. You hold two ends of it, and the pointed end will take you to water,supposedly.What does the Bible say about divining rods, or, as it's called in its scientific term, radiasthesis? Well,it does say something, believe it or not. Deuteronomy chapter 18. Deuteronomy chapter 18 verse10...And, of course, the Lord is talking to the children of Israel, warning them that way...when theyenter the land of Israel, they're gonna run into all kinds of strange religious customs; and He tellsthem that these things are an abomination, and they are not to be involved with 'em at all. And inverse 10, He says, "There shall not be found among you, that is, when you enter the land, of course,and you mingle with the people, the potential is there, but the abominations of the nations you're toavoid. Not be found among you any one who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire." Andthat was a custom of those who worshipped the God Moloch, to pass their children through the fire."Or who useth divination, or an observer of times...that would be an astrologer, incidentally.Astrological charts are forbidden Scripture...or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulterof mediums, or a wizard, or a necromancer."Now, you have various terms. We're not gonna take the time to point out, but the word divination inverse 10 has to do with this idea of divining. That is trying to...to find something through a divinecontact; and that is forbidden. In Hosea chapter 4 and verse 12, we read this. "My people askcounsel of their idols...now listen...and their staff declareth unto them." Now, staff there does notmean like the staff of the church. It means a divining rod. They literally consult a divining rod...and
 
here He is speaking about their idolatry; and, of course, it's a forbidden thing to consult a divining rod.Now the reason is simple. Because you are entering the world of mediums and demons. Demonsget their wishes and their will through all of the various methods mentioned in Deuteronomy 18; anddivining rods is simply a way that you release your mind to an outside power, much like a Ouijaboard, and demonic control can be the result; and so it's a forbidden thing; and it has been ever sincethe time of Israel. All right, a second question. My brother-in-law attends a church where a woman is the minister. Isthis right? Well, the answer is no, it's not right; and I was interested, weren't you, last week to seewhere the Episcopal Church ordained a woman priest, not only a woman but a stated lesbian womanpriest; and now the Episcopal Church has moved into that category. It's startling to realize how farafield the church has come from the Bible. I was talking to this fellow from Dallas Seminaryyesterday, and he had just left the conference that was held up in the Berkeley area, around Stanfordsomewhere. No, it wasn't Berkeley, across the Bay. But there was a conference there of allseminary people involved in administration in seminaries; and he said what was so interesting about itwas that they did not have prayer, lest they would offend someone. These are all seminary men; andthe only song that they could agree on to sing was You Are My Sunshine, so they sang that beforeeach session... Well, you know, when you see the Episcopal Church come to the place where theywill ordain a woman and ordain a lesbian woman, you know that they have opted out for the floatingethics of a society that has no authority. They have abandoned the Scripture, because the Bible isvery clear about whether a woman could pastor; and I'll show you a couple of incidents. In 1 Timothy,is a good place to begin; and we'll just do this briefly, because we've covered it before, but I...I wannaclear up your mind if you're the one who asked the question, or you still have this question. First Timothy chapter 3 and verse...2. Now, the word bishop here is the same as pastor or elder,minister of a church is what it means. "A bishop must be blameless, the husband of one wife," a one-woman man is literally the Greek, a one-woman man. Now, it's very hard for a woman to be a one-woman man. Very difficult...Like the lesbian, she could be a one-woman woman, but not a one-woman man. So here you have the husband of one wife, indicating that an elder would be one whowas a man totally devoted to his wife. Now, backing up to verse 11 of 1 Timothy 2, it says, "Let thewomen learn in silence with all subjection. I permit not a woman to teach, nor to take authority overthe man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived;but the woman." In other words, because Adam was made first and because the woman was the firstto sin, confirming the priority of man in terms of leadership. God says, "This is an age-old principlethat the man is in authority, and the woman takes the place of submission.In 2 Timothy, I think it most interesting that 2 Timothy 2:2 gives us a pattern for leadership in thechurch. "And the things that thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thouto faithful men who shall be able to teach others also." The teachers within the church are to be menwho have the responsibility to teach others also. Titus 1:6, again, "The husband of one wife," or a
 
one-woman man...again implying that women are not in a position of being ministers. No, I believethat, in the church, men are to minister. Now, that is not...that is not a chauvinistic statement. That isa Biblical statement; and I'm not here to advocate a chauvinistic viewpoint or anti-woman or any ofthat. I'm just echoing what the Spirit of God has said in the Scripture, and so it is not right for awoman to be in the role of a pastor.Now, there are some people who say, "Well, that was just cultural." No, it wasn't just cultural; andthat's why Paul pointed back to Adam and Eve. It was...it was from the beginning that way. It wasnot just a Corinthian culture or a culture around the time of the Apostle Paul. So I think it's wrong;and, of course, if it's wrong, then I don't think that we oughta associate with such a church, because Ithink that is in very obvious defiance of the Word of God.Okay, a third question, and this will take a little more time to answer, but I think it's a really interestingquestion. If there is no more condemnation to those in Christ, does God still punish believers? That'sa good question. If there's no more condemnation to those in Christ, does God still punish believers?Let's look at Hebrews chapter 12. Hebrews chapter 12, and let's see what the Bible has tosay...Because here you have a great statement relative to chastening. Now, notice in verse 5, hesays, "Have you forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto sons: 'My son, despise notthou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you're rebuked of Him.'" Now, you see the wordchastening. The word chastening is an interesting word. In the Bible you have some wordsassociated with punishment and some words associated with training. This word is associated withtraining. It is piedaya, and piedayais a word very similar to piedeya, and piedeyameans child; andpiedayahas to do with the training of a child. So the term here is not krino. Krinois a term of judgment. It is not kotakrino, which is the term for damnation; but it is the term for training. There willbe in the life of a believer a certain amount of chastening or a certain amount of difficulty brought onfor the purpose of training him to spiritual maturity.In 1 Corinthians 11:29, it even uses the word krino, and krinomeans punishment, but not kotakrino,which is the very forceful kind of condemnation and damnation that Paul speaks of in Romans 8 whenhe says, "There's therefore now no kotakrino. No condemnation." There will never be kotakrinoordamnation to the believer, because Christ has already borne that; but there will be krino, which is alesser kind of punishment, and there will be piedaya, which is a training process, or a chastening witha view to changing behavior.Now, I believe there are three reasons for which God responds in chastening. No. 1 is retribution. Ido believe that in the life of a believer, when he sins, God will respond with some chastening. Peoplewanna say today, "Well, we're under grace, and God never chastens us. God never, for our sin, it'sall covered." I don't believe that. I believe though the sin is forgiven and set aside, God still chastensthe believer so that he will remember not to do that again. As in...as in David's case, God forgaveDavid, and then God made him pay a terrible penalty, so he wouldn't think about doing it again. Your

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